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DIY tips for building a fully functional retaining wall

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If you are planning to build a retaining wall for your garden and set on handling it on your own, then you need to check out the rest of the post. It would be a good idea to get it handled by a professional since they would be able to wrap it up quickly. But if you are still keen on going ahead on your own, then you need to make sure that you have the requisite tools of the trade to build one. Sure, building a retaining wall sounds easy, right? After all, it’s about piling square blocks on top of each other. Wrong, building a retaining wall takes a lot of effort, apart from which, you would need to ensure that the wall stands the test of time. No one builds a retaining wall, just for a few months. For starters, you would need to dig a deep trench, around the area where you plan to build your retaining wall. Check out these tips,

  • The size of the trench: When it comes to building retaining walls in Wellington, the first thing you need to do is to dig a deep trench. But how deep should it be, is the query most DIY homeowners are bound to have. Well, it all comes down to the size of the wall you are planning to build. Remember the trench should be able to fit the blocks just perfectly and need to be wide, deep, and level without the usual potholes. If you want the wall to stand for long, then you need to ensure that the base is strong and that’s one of the main purposes of a deep trench. Make sure that you leave at least 8 inches of space behind the wall, you are planning to construct. Remember to ensure that the trench is deep enough to completely bury at least one layer of blocks, before you move on to build the rest, on top.
  • Use a compactor: Once you have got the trench all dug up, the next to-do item is to utilize a compactor to ensure that the ground is level and compacted. You need to make sure that the soil is compacted and there is no loose soil or mud since this would impact the integrity of your wall.
  • Use crushed stone: Before laying the blocks to form the base layer, you first need to lay a level of crushed stone. This can help you anchor the blocks perfectly, and even help to drain any excess water as well. That should certainly come in handy when it comes to sudden, heavy downpours. Granted that gravel seems to be cheap and that crushed stone, not so much. But if you are looking to build a strong base, this would be the best option on the table, as it helps to anchor your blocks perfectly. 
  • Level the stones: As you have finished laying out the base layer, and have moved on to the next one, you need to make sure that all the blocks are aligned perfectly and on the level. And that’s why you need to use a level to make sure that it lines up perfectly, without any misaligned stones, which can cause a problem later on. Make sure that the base layer is perfect, with all the blocks perfectly aligned since it will help support the remaining layers.
  • Always sweep each layer: As you stack up against each layer, make it a point to sweep the ones already laid down. You need to make sure that there is no debris, dust, or even a small pebble on it, as it can throw the next layer off alignment. So take care as you lay down each layer.

These are some of the essential DIY tips that you need to follow when it comes to constructing your retaining wall.

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